Badger sophomore guard Jolene Anderson hit a buzzer-beating 3-pointer to tie the game at 81-81 at the end of the first overtime and tied the game at 87-87 with a layup with 1:37 left in the second overtime.
Kansas senior forward Crystal Kemp then made 1 of 2 free throws to give the Jayhawks a one-point edge.
With 49 seconds left, UW point guard Akiya Alexander missed a layup that would have given the Badgers a lead. Kemp again made 1 of 2 from the line, making it 89-87 KU with 33 seconds left.
Anderson had a chance to tie it with 24 seconds left, but could not convert on a layup. Alexander then fouled senior guard Erica Hallman, but she made just 1 of 2 from the line, leaving the Badgers with a chance to tie. However, Anderson and senior guard Ashley Josephson missed 3-pointers in the final 11 seconds and KU held on for the win.
Wisconsin fell to 4-5 with the loss. Anderson led UW with 26 points and 14 rebounds, while Josephson chipped in 20 points, while making 4 of 6 3-point attempts.
"The things we addressed in practice following the loss to South Dakota State were demonstrated today," Wisconsin head coach Lisa Stone said. "The kids played hard. Jolene was our go-to person today and she converted. Both teams battled."
Wisconsin led 44-30 at the half and at one point held an 18-point lead but Kansas came back and outscored Wisconsin 40-26 in the second half. Anderson and Josephson each missed the front end of a 1-and-1 free-throw opportunity in the final 1:08 of regulation and Hallman hit a 3-pointer with 20 seconds left to tie the game at 70-70 and force overtime.
Anderson recorded her second double-double this year for the Badgers. But KU's Kemp and Hallman had even better days than Anderson and Josephson, scoring 28 and 24 points, respectively. Hallman added 10 assists and nine rebounds, while playing the full 50 minutes, just shy of her first career triple-double. Senior guard Kaylee Brown had 17 points and freshman guard Ivana Catic added 12 points and nine assists in 50 minutes.
"I'm proud of the way the kids played," Stone said. "Ashley was hot to start and Jolene was all over the place. They worked their tails off but we just couldn't close the door."
This was the first double-overtime game for the Badgers since an 86-78 win over Michigan State in 2002 and the first for the Jayhawks since March 18, 2000.
Wisconsin travels to UW-Milwaukee Wednesday.
Grapplers suffer tough loss
Saturday the Wisconsin wrestling team used a pin to win a 19-16 dual with Northern Iowa. Sunday, however, the Badgers were on the wrong side of such dramatics. No. 8 Wisconsin (3-1) lost a home dual with Northern Illinois (1-1) when freshman Justin Peterson was pinned by Husky freshman Nick McClone at 184 pounds in the final match of the dual, giving NIU an 18-17 victory.
The Badgers took a 14-9 lead after junior Tyler Turner scored an 8-3 decision over junior Mike Grimes at 149 and sophomore Craig Henning earned an 11-0 major decision over sophomore Aaron Owen at 157.
Wisconsin took a 17-12 lead when senior Kelly Flaherty edged sophomore Danny Burk, 4-3, at 174.
McClone, though, gave the Huskies the dual victory with his pin.